Valentine's Day isn't my favorite holiday. I look at it kind of like how I look at Groundhog Day - I know when it is, but I really don't care about it.
For those who are single - which I was several times - Valentine's Day is about as much fun as a trip to the dentist.
Online dating sites are pretty busy right about now with people trying to score dates for the "big day." Many, of course, will be unsuccessful. They'll either spend the day thinking about how they're single or they'll manage to distract themselves with a favorite hobby.
The "fun" is really for those who have dates, including everyone in relationships.
The first task is picking out something to do. Since Valentine's Day is a Thursday this year, most people will celebrate on a work night or reschedule for the weekend. There are crowded restaurants and movie theaters to look forward to, with romantic comedies drawing big crowds.
A lot of people, myself included, don't really enjoy romantic comedies. But relationships, we're told, are about sacrifice. That means sometimes we have to miss the Daytona 500 to go see the movie "Valentine's Day," which I did in 2010. Love makes us behave strangely, I guess.
Then, of course, there are gifts to worry about. Hallmark cards, teddy bears, chocolates, jewelry, singing Valentines and flowers will get some consideration. There are some suggestions online on what to get men. I'll let you Google those.
In my opinion, the holiday is a waste of time and effort. I'd rather get nothing at all than a coffee mug or dress shirt.
My girlfriend and I will probably exchange cards. Hopefully, we'll skip the romantic comedy this year. Either way, Feb. 15 is just around the corner, and we won't have to worry about Valentine's Day for another year.